The Downtown Clergy started No Life Forgotten in 2006 in response to a crime that occurred on Maple Street in Jeffersonville. Since 2006, the group responds to one or two murders each year.
“Any time there’s a murder in our community, we always gather and we do a simple 15-minute service to reconsecrate the space,” Mills-Knutsen said. “We talk about reclaiming our neighborhood, because when violence happens it’s not just violence to one family, it’s to the whole community.”
The mission of No Life Forgotten is a means of supporting the family and affected community, and it addresses the need for the church community to offer a response to the murders that occur.
“I think we’re all aware that violence is increasing in our community right now, and every time we do these services we grieve for the families, and for the community,” Mills-Knutsen said. “We would like to do less of them, but it seems like we are doing more and more.”
John Hill, co-pastor at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, explained that clergy “feel strongly to celebrate life, and not death.”
“This is a way for us to reaffirm that life,” said Hill.
Hooten, 49, is in the Michael L. Becher Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville. His charges include murder and rape. The Clark County Prosecutor’s office said Monday they have still not decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case.